Top Five Offensive Players Per Position Heading in to the 2017 season.

By Bob Gaughan

 

Here are the top five players per position on the offensive side of the ball. I realize this is way too early for the NFL draft, but many people like to follow the college season. This list is at least a start to the draft process.

QB

1-Sam Darnold, USC- The closest to a sure thing to come out since Andrew Luck.
2-Josh Allen, Wyoming- High upside. Could be the next Derek Carr.

3-Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State- Pure pocket passer. Love this guy.
4-Josh Rosen, UCLA- Coming off shoulder injury. Leadership questions.
5-Lamar Jackson, Louisville- Next Michael Vick? Can throw the ball 90 yards.

RB

1-Saquon Barkley, Penn St- Barkley and Guice could go either way.

2-Derius Guice, LSU -At this point Barkley and he have separated themselves from the rest of     the class.
3-Royce Freeman, Oregon -Big back with big play ability.
4-Ronald Jones, USC -Extremely fast. Not an every down back, only 195 lbs.
5-Sony Michel, Georgia- Better prospect than teammate Nick Chubb in my eyes.

WR

1-Calvin Ridley, Alabama- Challenged Braves mascot “The Freeze” to a race.

2-Courtland Sutton, SMU- Looks like a NFL veteran receiver already.
3-Dante Pettis, Washington- Great punt returner, best route runner.
4-Christian Kirk, Texas A&M- Lacks top end speed, but very productive.
5-James Washington, Oklahoma State- Fun year in Stillwater with him Mason Rudolph throwing to him.

TE

1-Mark Andrews, Oklahoma- Think Jordan Reed, more of a WR.
2-Troy Fumagali, Wisconsin- Reliable hands and great blocker.
3-Adam Breneman, Umass- Transfer from Penn State.
4-Mike Gesicki, Penn State- Two average years, then a break out last year.
5-Dalton Schultz, Stanford- Zero drops so far in his career.

OT

1-Mike McGlinchey, ND-Played both RT and LT. He has good fundamentals.
2-Connor Williams, Texas- Started every game since walking onto campus.
3-Orlando Brown, Oklahoma- 6’8 340 buries you in the run game, Barry Switzer would be proud.
4-Mitch Hyatt, Clemson- Handled Alabama speed rushers well in the Championship game.
5-Trey Adams, Washington- High upside. Huskies loaded this year.

Interior Lineman- G/C

1-Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame- May be best lineman in the draft.
2-Billy Price, Ohio State -Can play guard or Center.
3-Mason Cole, Michigan- QB of the Wolverines line.
4-Tyrone Crowder, Clemson- Looks like Gabe Jackson of the Raiders.
5-Larry Allen Jr, Harvard- If he’s half as good as his father……..

 

Bob Gaughan

Bob Gaughan has worked in Buffalo media for over 25 years. He spent 15 of those years as a staple on WGR radio as a talk show host and sports director. Currently, Bob works for UB Athletics on the radio broadcast of football and women’s basketball. Off the air, he has been an adjunct professor for over 20 years at Buffalo State College where he developed and has taught a class on how to be a talk show host.

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